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Why RPEIPP? Emerging/next generation Pacific academics, researchers, and educators

Meredith, Maria and Fonua, Sonia and Tatafu, 'Alisi and McKay, Yolanda (2020) Why RPEIPP? Emerging/next generation Pacific academics, researchers, and educators. In: It takes an Island and an Ocean. Institute of Education (IOE), The University of the South Pacific, Tonga Campus, Kingdom of Tonga, pp. 113-125. ISBN 978-982-9173-54-6

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In this paper we share our insights on revisiting education and contributing to the broader general stream designed to mandate re-thinking and transforming education within the Pacific. The conference theme, It takes an island and an ocean: Rethinking Pacific Education for resilient, healthy communities, frames our approach with a focus on “an ocean” by exploring lan as a sub-theme. Lan refers to the sky in the Marshallese language; here we are the star gazers, navigators, the Moana, and the Maui; we dream of a new space, new direction, to go forward. Our innovators, creators, builders, designers, crafters, artists, musicians, poets, orators, dancers, and performers share their aspirations and hopes for our children and our future. The paper that follows presents ideas and concepts through poetry by four emerging Pacific academics, researchers, and educators. Poetry is a means and method to highlight our positionality and concerns. To re-think Pacific education by and for Pacific Peoples is a purposeful and deliberate disruption of what counts as useful knowledge. We argue that Pacific knowledge and world views are useful for us today and for future generations.

Item Type: Book Chapter
Subjects: L Education > L Education (General)
Divisions: Faculty of Arts, Law and Education (FALE) > Institute of Education
Office of the DVC (ARC) > Marshall Island Campus
Depositing User: Afuafu Kautoke
Date Deposited: 19 Aug 2020 23:59
Last Modified: 08 Jul 2021 08:36

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